HARRIET TUBMAN: VISIONS OF FREEDOM goes beyond the legend of the inspiring woman who repeatedly risked her own life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. A co-production of Firelight Films and Maryland Public Television (MPT), the film is executive produced by Stanley Nelson and Lynne Robinson and produced and directed by Nelson and Nicole London. Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Alfre Woodard narrates the documentary, and acclaimed actor Wendell Pierce provides the voice of Frederick Douglass.
Few Maryland residents have impacted our nation’s history as indelibly as Harriet Tubman, born Araminta Ross in 1822 to an enslaved couple in Dorchester County. In 1849, Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery and made the courageous and dangerous journey to freedom, traveling alone from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to Philadelphia. Yet, her success was not enough. Harriet Tubman's vision of freedom became a reality for at least 70 people. She made at least 13 secret missions into slave-holding Maryland and used every tool at her disposal to evade enslavers and bounty hunters. These journeys were supported by the loose-knit secret network of the Underground Railroad.
During her lifetime, Harriet Tubman steadfastly refused to be defined by stereotypes linked to her race or gender. She never wavered in her lifelong pursuit for equality as a freedom fighter, abolitionist, suffragist, military leader, and humanitarian.